On this week's episode, a mystery guest turns up to talk Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and the John Carreyrou book about it all: Bad Blood. Holmes's peculiarities are examined: her Steve Jobs emulation, her fake deep voice, and whether or not she believed in her own BS. Isaac wonders if she got as far as she did because of feminism, while Charles thinks it's standard tech industry goo-goo.

Also discussed: terrible 9/11 social media posts, why companies behaving like cults is a good indication they are selling fraudulent products, and the likelihood of a Not a Huge Fan YouTube show.

Bad Blood: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549478/bad-blood-by-john-carreyrou/9781524731656/

Vanity Fair article: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-exclusive

September 11, 2018

Everyone Should Do Drugs

Frank Traynor is back! This week we're talking DRUGS, a subject on which Isaac and Frank are both self-styled experts. Everyone shares their best and worst drug stories, which include Charles's edible paranoia and Isaac accidentally doing meth in Mexico. Frank tells the story of doing drugs on a camping trip with panty-removing daddy Dan D'Aprile.

Isaac thinks drug use should be a special occasion, Frank thinks everyone should do more drugs, and Charles describes the time his mom thought he was smoking pot because he had a computer game that smelled weird.

Also discussed: drug decriminalization (try and guess who is pro and con), Isaac and Frank provide recommendations for the best drug to do, and why you don't want to be the old guy at the rave.

September 4, 2018

The Homeless Episode

Ask and ye shall receive! Time to talk homelessness with someone who knows something about it: Brad Robinson is the Director of Corporate Relations and Innovation for the Skid Row Housing Trust (skidrow.org), a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that builds housing for the homeless population.

This is a long and in-depth conversation about homelessness, its causes, and the various ways the problem can be addressed. Brad describes the mission and methods of the Trust, provides theories about why some homeless people engage in antisocial behavior, and why homelessness and its solutions are not liberal or conservative issues.

Also: Isaac loves pooping in public, one of our listeners is a professor???, and Brad answers listener questions.

LA Times article mentioned: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html

Skid Row Housing Trust: http://skidrow.org/

August 30, 2018

Minisode: Horrible Bosses

An episode all about working! The show will suffer when Isaac and Charles gain their podcast riches because they won't be able to share their awful office experiences. Isaac laments the power held by bosses and pines for the office culture of Bridgewater Associates and Principles author Ray Dalio. Charles advocates for buck-passing in interdepartmental corporate warfare. Some have complained the show is sometimes too negative! They are also addressed.


Brad Robinson of the Skid Row Housing Trust is this week's guest in preparation for his appearance on next week's "very intense" homelessness episode. This week the show looks at the ongoing Asia Argento story (and was recorded before any super-recent developments) and Isaac ties it in to his pet theory about Anthony Bourdain.

Then a quick examination of the bicyclists who were killed in Tajikistan and why certain parties where so quick to turn it into a narrative about their pet issues. Also: how is Tajikistan pronounced? The identity of the person who knows will surprise you.

Also: someone keeps chewing gum, everyone gets called a fascist (including our long-suffering listeners), and a new sound clip makes its debut.

NY Times article on Tajikistan story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/world/asia/islamic-state-tajikistan-bike-attack.html

August 21, 2018

Destroy Hollywood

Isaac and Charles read a listener-suggested Hollywood Reporter article titled "8 Reasons Hollywood is Stressed Out Right Now" and discuss some of the listed reasons, which include content bubbles, Harvey Weinstein, and the death of comedy feature films.

Also discussed: Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, Sarah Jeong, whether Steve Bannon smells bad, and Isaac's conspiracy theory about Anthony Bourdain.

Article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/8-reasons-hollywood-is-stressed-right-now-1127869


Media superstar Isaac Simpson went on two other podcasts and we have the clips to prove it!

First up: comedian Josh Denny has Isaac on and tells tall tales about Charles! Charles responds.

Then: Isaac goes on Unpopular Opinion to talk Russiagate and locks horns with the rest of the show, especially cohost Brett Rader whose behavior and argument style is closely examined.

Also: reader email, was The Last Jedi leftist propaganda, and the joys of staying up late.

The Implications of Josh Denny: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joshdenny/2018/07/17/15--let-the-gays-eat-cake-wisaac-simpson

Unpopular Opinion: https://soundcloud.com/unpopularopinion/unp-253

August 9, 2018

Minisode: Obama Porn

Time for a brief look at former Illinois State Representative Nick Sauer, who was caught doing some very weird catfishing using an ex-girlfriend's naked photos! Frank Traynor is back to help ask: what was Sauer's specific kink? Will sex scandals actually BE scandals in the future? When will we see a Presidential penis pic? (Hopefully soon!)

More: Frank wants to see an Obama porn while Isaac is disgusted by Michelle Obama. For some reason soccer is also discussed.

Article quoted: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/possibly-craziest-story-ever-new-innovations-in-pol-revenge-porn

August 7, 2018

WeWork Meat Ban

Frank Traynor joins the show for a look at the new "no meat meal" policy at WeWork. Is this employer overreach or is it the kind of corporate activism you can get behind? Isaac is in support, Charles has reservations, and Frank thinks it's all just a publicity stunt.

Also discussed: annoying tech industry jargon, the irresistible temptation of Facebook trolling, and the very first instance of someone besides Isaac getting the "one of our attorneys" button!

TechCrunch article: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/16/wework-takes-meat-off-the-menu-as-part-of-environmental-policy-drive/


It is time! Not a Huge Fan has just passed the 100 episode mark and Isaac and Charles celebrate by compiling a list of the top 10 best and worst episodes of the show.

What are your top 10 best and worst? Email us at notahugefanpodcast@gmail.com.


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